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How Green is my papaya?

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Pears Beurre Bosc and Packham

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Black Sapote – the chocolate pudding fruit

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Broccoli

Super local broccoli

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Savoy Cabbage

 Wombok Easy Cooking

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–  White carrots

CAULIFLOWER

– Cauliflower by the moon

CHARD

Chard (Silverbeet) Rainbow Chard from ME Farms

Cold night – roast vegetables

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Sweet Banana Chillies

FENNEL

Fennel

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Parsnips

POtATO

Royal Blue Potato Mash

Radish

Diakon Radish

White Kohlrahbi

 

RHUBARB

Rhubarb

TURNIP

Baby turnips… a cunning plan indeed!

Turnips

 

WOMBOK

Wombok

Wombok Easy Cooking

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Meal Packs

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  1. Absolute Organic Non-Hydrogenated Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

 


Romanesco cauliflower

Romanesco cauliflower

Romanesco cauliflower Facebook

Romanesco cauliflower, a geometric wonder created by nature, and based on fabonicci (check spelling) ratios, spirals and fractals. Steve and Sam Grima in Horsley Park grow them each year, but this time around the cold weather has held them back a bit. Yet, they need to be picked before they start flowering, so over the next week he’s hoping to pick 500-600 good-sized heads, and we’re taking most of them.

Romanesco looks like a cauliflower, but coloured more like broccoli – and not surprisingly because they’re both from the Brassica family. That’s why the flavour is a little in between cauliflower and broccoli.

The most striking aspect of Romanesco is the fractal shape: the bud is ‘self-similar’ in character: the whole has the same shape as one or more of the parts, similar to crystals in a snow flake.  Each bud is composed of a series of smaller buds, all arranged in yet another logarithmic spiral. This self-similar pattern continues at several smaller levels. The number of spirals on the head of Romanesco is a Fibonacci number that describes the ‘golden ratio’ apparent in many natural observations.  But don’t get us started …

As a vegetable, Romanesco is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber and carotenoids

Grown by Steve and Sam Grima, in Horsley Park

What to do with it – Trimming and Preparing

 

RECIPES

Roasted Romanesco with lemon zest

Pasta Romanesco

Romanesco Yoghurt

 

Roasted Romanesco with lemon zest

Roasted Romanesco with lemon zest
 
Author:
Recipe type: Baked
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 4 gloves garlic,
  • crushed salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 180C.
  2. Line a tray with baking paper and place florets on paper. In a bowl pre-mix the oil, lemon zest and crushed garlic. Then either use a brush or just drizzle olive oil and garlic over the top of the florets.
  3. Roast in oven for 20 minutes.

Pasta Romanesco
Pasta Romanesco
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pasta
Ingredients
  • 1 romanesco cauliflower florets
  • Stalk, finely sliced
  • 350gm pasta of choice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 redeye chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 100g nuts, either almonds, walnuts, pinenuts (give them a dry roast)
  • 1 lemon zest
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • coriander, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese to garnish
Instructions
  1. Lightly steam the cauliflower , still crisp so about 3 minutes over boiling water.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
  3. Meanwhile, in a fry pan heat oil, add garlic and chilli. Then add steamed cauliflower turning until
  4. Add in remaining ingredients.
  5. Serve in a bowl with pasta.

Romanesco Yoghurt
Romanesco Yoghurt
 
Author:
Recipe type: Bake
Ingredients
  • 1 cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 300ml Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbs tomato puree
  • Coriander, finely diced
  • ¼cm tumeric, diced
  • ½cm ginger, sliced
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • salt
  • 1 tbs melted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 190C.
  2. Put the florets on an oventray.
  3. then in a bowl mix all ingredients except the butter.
  4. Into the overn for 20 minutes.
  5. Then pour over butter and under grill until brown around 5-10minutes.
  6. Serve

 


Insect Hotel

Insect Hotel

These fabulous photos show first Sonya’s garden and the Insect Hotel. What a joy to share a morning looking at these wonderful creations. Great to get updates Sonya on your garden stories.

Sonya the garden Wahroonga

Hubster, Sonya, in Wahroonga has a passion for all things green and growing. She has a magnificent food garden, fully fenced that stops even the most wonderful of Brush Turkey high jumpers, and was totally energized to try out the Insect hotel we spoke about some time back. Used by farmers keeping bugs as part of their ecosystem whilst giving them a place to eat and sleep – hence the Insect Hotel. Permaculture works when we work with the environment.

Insect Hotel by Sonya Wahroonga

We tend to manicure our gardens to the point of no return for some insects that we need to encourage to pollinate, act as controllers of other insects we don’t want like aphids. There is a balance in the Web of Life. By providing a home we keep the ones we want – ladybirds and they love the aphids, Lacewings will eat aphids and mites, bees will also find a home.

 


Cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

They take care and patience to grow. With changing climate Heat, Rains, Winds makes it a challenge. At one point the heat went to 51C in the growing pods – how can anything survive this? The flowers die and they are needed to grow the tomatoes. Too hot even for the bees to pollinate.

So if there are no tomato flowers and the tomatoes won’t get pollinated which in turn means that the fruits won’t form. The tomato flowers encourage the bee to land on the flower and vibrate its wings thereby shaking the pollen from the anthers onto it’s legs.

So the tomatoes this week from Nymboida above Coffs Harbour are a bit of a miracle. They have had a stop start journey in growing. Thanks to the persistance of our farmers we have in our kitchen delicious, juicy cherry tomatoes.

Here is their story:

Cherry tomatoes Nymboida


FARM RECIPES WEEK 1724

FARM RECIPES WEEK 1724

Harvest Hub Farm recipes-template

This week we highlight Celery and because it is Winter we thought we’d add a useful stock recipe.

How to make celery stock

How to make celery stock
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • To make bouquet garni:
  • 2 sprigs of lemon thyme,
  • 1 bay leaf (torn in half),
  • 1 small portion of leek (only the green part)
  • few flat-leaf parsley stems.
  • To make Celery stock:
  • 1 onion
  • ½ cup of fried onions
  • 6 celery stalks
  • 1 cup daikon radish, chopped
  • salt and pepper.
Instructions
  1. To make bouquet garni:
  2. Gather all the ingredients of the bouquet garni in a large teabag or a square of cheesecloth and tie it with some twine. Fill a large pot with 3 litres of water. Add the bouquet garni.
  3. To make Celery stock:
  4. Bring the liquid to a boil and simmer for about 90 minutes – use slow cooker of clay pot. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve.
  1. Baby eggplant finger food – Baby eggplant grown in Northern Rivers, NSW
  2. Celery and Onion Soup – Celery grown in Peats Ridge, NSW
  3. Chinese Broccoli Beef or Tofu in Oyster Sauce – Chinese Broccoli grown in Leppington, NSW
  4. Linguine with Broccoli & Cherry Tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes grown in Nymbodida, NSW
  5. Mediterranean Sweet Potato Pizza – Sweet potatoes (Kumera) grown in Bundaberg , QLD   2 Pizzas

Baby eggplant grown in Northern Rivers, NSW

Baby eggplant finger food
 
Author:
Recipe type: Starter
Ingredients
  • Baby eggplants
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley
  • Cheese such as Pecorino Romano (salty Italian cheese)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Slice the baby eggplants in half lengthwise. Put them in a roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Bake for ten minutes.
  4. Brush a little olive oil and set under the grill to caramelize on top.
  5. Serve with sea salt and a sauce such as I checked on them. Perfect timing! I then brushed a little more olive oil on top and set the broiler on high for 2 minutes to get a little more carmelization on the top. Serve a quick sprinkling of sea salt, a spoonful of chopped parsley and freshly grated Pecorino Romano.
  6. Alternate sauces are pesto with chopped parsely, roasted pinenuts and shaved parmesan. Also diced tomatoes with garlic Tzaziki and fresh dill.

Celery and Onion Soup – Celery grown in Peats Ridge, NSW
Celery and Onion Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 head celery, chopped
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 55g butter
  • 3 tsp plain flour
  • 500 ml milk
  • 250ml vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 60 ml creme fraiche
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Take 1 stick of celery and cut into thin strips, place in a bowl of iced water and set aside. Chop remaining celery and onion. Melt butter in a saucepan, add onion and celery and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, then gradually stir in milk. Add bay leaf, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Cool slightly, remove bay leaf, and then puree soup in a blender or food processor. Return to pan, stir in creme fraiche and add salt and pepper. Reheat gently.
  3. Serve with crusty bread.

Chinese Broccoli Beef or Tofu in Oyster Sauce
Chinese Broccoli Beef or Tofu in Oyster Sauce
 
Author:
Recipe type: Stir Fry
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 300g Chinese broccoli
  • 150g beef or tofu (crispy bought or pre-prepare)
  • 2 tsp garlic, chopped
  • 2 tsp, olive oil
  • Marinade:
  • 1 tbs soya sauce
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • White pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. For Beef:
  2. Cut beef across grain into thin slices. Add marinade ingredients into beef and stir for 15 seconds until beef is sticky / smooth. Marinate for 30 minutes. Wash Chinese broccoli and drain. Discard the ends. Cut into 2.5cm sections.
  3. Pre-mix 1 tsp of cornstarch and ¼ cup of water together and set aside. Preheat 1 tsp of olive oil in a wok over high temperature; add in 1 tsp of garlic, saute until golden.
  4. Put in Chinese broccoli and ¼ tsp of salt (add a bit of water if necessary). Stir fry Chinese broccoli to the desired texture. Remove and put it on a dish. Preheat 1 tsp of olive oil in a wok over high temperature; add 1 tsp of garlic, stir fry until golden.
  5. Put in beef or (Tofu), 2 tsp oyster sauce and 1 tsp of soya sauce. When beef (Tofu) is almost cooked; quickly remix the cornstarch solution and add in. Stir fry until beef is cooked and sauce is thick. Pour beef (Tofu) and sauce onto the Chinese broccoli.

Linguine with Broccoli & Cherry Tomatoes
Linguine with Broccoli & Cherry Tomatoes
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 pkt linguine (pasta)
  • salt
  • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp chilli, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • To serve:
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan place water with salt and boil, then add pasta and cook until tender, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a frypan with oil cook garlic and chilli in over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add broccoli, cover and cook 4 minutes. Then pop in tomatoes, stir-fry for 3 minutes adding parsley, salt and pepper.
  3. In a serving bowl combine broccoli mixture and pasta. Add a little olive oil and serve with parmesan and parsely on top.

Mediterranean Sweet Potato Pizza
Mediterranean Sweet Potato Pizza
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pizza
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • For the topping:
  • 1 small can chopped tomatoes or 6 tomatoes pureed
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tsp freeze-dried oregano or mixed herbs
  • 2 tsp virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red pepper , deseeded and sliced
  • 1 or 2 medium zucchini, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 50g pitted green or black olives
  • fresh basil leaves, to garnish
  • For the Pizza base:
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunky pieces
  • 1⅓ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 good pinch herbal seasoning (optional)
  • 65ml cold water mixed with 2 tbs virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Place the tomatoes, onion, garlic and mixed herbs or oregano in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes until the onion is softened and the sauce is thickened, stirring regularly. Cool.
  3. While the tomato sauce is cooking, boil the sweet potato in a large pan of water for about 15 minutes until very soft. Drain well, return to the pan and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  4. Place 375g of the sweet potato in a large bowl. Add the flour, baking powder and seasoning. Stir in the water and oil mixture with a large spoon until the dough comes together it should be soft and spongy. Knead lightly to form into a large ball - adding a little extra flour if the mixture seems too sticky. Divide the dough into two equal balls and roll out on a lightly floured board into two circles around 2cm thick. Lift carefully onto two lightly oiled baking sheets. Brush lightly with oil. Spread one of the pizzas with half of the tomato mixture, leaving a 2cm gap around the edge. Top with half the peppers, zucchinis, onion and olives. Shake on some oregano.
  5. Place both pizzas in the oven, with the topped pizza above the plain base. Bake the topped pizza for around 25 minutes until well risen and lightly browned. Cook the plain base for 15 minutes until golden and cooked then remove and allow to cool. Spread the remaining tomato mixture over the plain base, top with reserved vegetables and olives then bake a further 10 minutes. Serve pizzas hot garnished with oregano and lots of fresh, raw basil leaves, accompanied by a fresh, crunchy mixed salad.

 

 

 

 

 


Dine Below The Line

Dine Below The Line

UNSW Dine Below The Line Event Columbo House June 2017

 

Oaktree Foundation – Dine Below the Line

So, what’s this ‘Dine Below the Line’? Let’s break it down for you:

Dine Below the Line is a Live Below the Line challenge to host a dinner valued at just $2 a head. In exchange for their feed, guests will give a donation to Oaktree’s cause (the idea being that it be equivalent to the amount they would normally pay for a meal out). And that’s it!

The first step to creating change is by starting conversations, and hosting a DBL is the perfect way to get the ball rolling! So sign up to host one today at bit.ly/lbl2017a.

UNSW (University New South Wales) – Colombo House Hub hosted a dinner for ‘Dine Below the Line’ on Friday last week.

Colombo Dean says:

” We used a donated large Harvest Hub Bag of mostly local Sydney Basin produce and cooked the following up for about 15 people, raising $120.

It was a really fun way to spend a Friday afternoon / evening in the College and raising funds for those less fortunate. There was a heap of food left over, we could have easily have fed over 20 people! We will run it again and improve on this in Semester 2.”

The Menu

Vegetable Soup                                                                 Stir-fry with steamed rice

Vegetable soup Dine below the Line UNSW

Stirfry with steamed rice Dine below the Line UNSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple+Pear Crumble with Custard

Apple Pear Custard UNSW Dine Below the Line

 

 


Farm Recipes Week 1723

Farm Recipes Week 1723

Harvest Hub Farm recipes-template

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Beetroot & Carrot Wrap – Beetroot grown in Horsley Park

2. Rocket pesto – Rocket grown in Leppington

3. Crustless Silverbeet Quiche – Silverbeet grown in Freeman’s Reach

4. Creamy Potato and Zucchini Soup – Zucchini grown in Freeman’s Reach

5. Baked French Radish – French Radish grown in Horsley Park

 

1.Beetroot & Carrot Wrap – Beetroot grown in Horsley Park

Rocket Pesto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pesto
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1-2 bunches rocket
  • 90g toasted almonds
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into a food processor with enough olive oil to form a coarse paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in wrap or on soup.

 

2.Rocket pesto – Rocket grown in Leppington

Rocket Pesto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pesto
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1-2 bunches rocket
  • 90g toasted almonds
  • Juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients into a food processor with enough olive oil to form a coarse paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

3.Crustless Silverbeet Quiche – Silverbeet grown in Freeman’s Reach

Crustless Silverbeet Quiche
 
Author:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Small onion
  • bunch silverbeet
  • 2½ cups shredded cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 188C.
  2. Wash and dry Silverbeet. Cut off the very ends of the stems. Roughly chop (leaving stems intact) the chard. Add onion and Silverbeet to the oil and saute until stems are tender (do not overcook). Add salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Meanwhile, grate 2½ cups of cheese. Whisk eggs. Add milk and cheese. Fold in the onion/chard mixture. Add salt & pepper to taste, if necessary.
  4. Pour into a pie dish that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown and no liquid seeps when you poke it with a knife.

4.Creamy Potato and Zucchini Soup
Creamy Potato and Zucchini Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1kg desiree potatoes, peeled, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1½ cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 3 zucchini, trimmed, grated
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Croutons
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sheets white lavash bread (wrap)
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a deep heavy-based non-stick pan over a medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes or until soft. Stir through garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add potato, milk and stock and slowly bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until just tender. Add zucchini and nutmeg, stir to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Remove soup from heat and stand for 10 minutes. Puree mixture, return to pan and stir over a low heat for 3-4 minutes or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and serve with croutons.
  3. To make croutons: Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 oven trays with baking paper.
  4. Combine oil and garlic in a small bowl. Put bread on a flat surface and brush or spread with oil and garlic mixture. Fold bread in half and tear along fold. Continue to fold and tear until you have long strips about 2cm wide. Put on prepared baking trays and bake for 10 minutes or until golden and crisp.

 

5.Baked French Radish – French Radish grown in Horsley Park

Baked French Radish
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Radish bunch, take off greens
  • oil
  • salt
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • Tarragon, chopped
  • Parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Prepare chopped tarragon and fresh parsley. Heat oven 200C. Then pop whole radish into a bowl with olive oil. Add salt. Mix. On a baking sheet put into the oven.
  2. Leave for 30 to 40 minutes. Regularly turn.
  3. Heat a frying pan with garlic, herbs, oil. Add radish and heat through. This way the herbs are not burnt.
  4. OPTIONAL: Add artichokes roast then pan fry with radish.

 


French Radish

French Radish

French Radish Horsley Park editFrench Radish grown by the Grima Brothers in Horsley Park.

Crunchy and small with a sweet mild flavor. Great for snacking and popping into dips. Eat the whole thing. Slice the roots and any leaves and throw into a stirfy. Slice the bulb and add.

To bring our more of a nutty flavor roast or grill them.  They are super in salads, add to wraps, soups and pastas for that  crunch,

If you need potassium they are full of it along with Vitamin C, folate, calcium and magnesium.

To store: To keep bulb juicy take off any green tops and use these. Then store either: the bulbs wrapped in paper towel in a container with one lid side open.  Or fill bowl with water and put bulbs in and put bowl into fridge. Good for about 5 days before it loses moisture.

They call this the ‘breakfast radish’ as it is great sliced on an egg in the morning – good way to get Vitamin C. Slather avocado spread on toast with finely sliced radish. Combine finely sliced radish, bacon and add to an omelette.

To bake:

  1. Prepare chopped tarragon and fresh parsley. Heat oven 200C. Then pop whole radish into a bowl with olive oil. Add salt. Mix. On a baking sheet put into the oven.
  2. Leave for 30 to 40 minutes. Regularly turn.
  3. Heat a frying pan with garlic, herbs, oil. Add radish and heat through. This way the herbs are not burnt.

 

 


Farm Recipes Week 1722

Farm Recipes Week 1722

Harvest Hub Farm recipes-template

  1. Parsnip & Carrot Soup – Parsnip grown in Bathurst
  2. Buk Choi with Carrots and Sesame-Orange Dressing – grown in Leppington
  3. Kale and sausage risotto – grown in Horsley Park
  4. Creamed Brussels sprouts with Sweet Potato Frittata – Brussel Sprouts grown in Bathurst and Sweet Potato (Kumera) grown in Bundaberg, QLD
  5. Cauliflower pancakes – grown in Oberon

 

Parsnip & Carrot Soup

Parsnip & Carrot Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 cups shredded carrots
  • 3 cups shredded parsnips
  • 1 (2cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and shredded
  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • ½ to ¾ cup heavy cream or evaporated skim milk
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Chives for garnish
Instructions
  1. Bring the carrots, parsnips, ginger, and stock to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Transfer the contents of the saucepan to a blender or food processor. Puree the soup until it is nearly smooth, then pour the puree back into the saucepan.
  3. Add the cream, and bring to a simmer again over medium heat. Stir in the salt, white pepper, and lemon juice. Taste, and adjust the seasonings.
  4. Garnish with chives. Serve hot, or refrigerate, covered, for several hours and serve chilled

 

Buk Choi with Carrots and Sesame-Orange Dressing

Buk Choi with Carrots and Sesame-Orange Dressing
 
Author:
Recipe type: Stir Fry
Ingredients
  • 1-2 baby buk choi, halved
  • Handful beans, sliced
  • 4 medium carrots, shredded
  • 2 tbs fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbs tahini
  • 1½ tsp tamari or soya
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbs toasted sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Arrange a steamer basket in a large pot. Add enough water just to reach bottom of basket. Bring to a boil. Add buk choi. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and lightly steam about 5 -10 minutes or until buk choy is tender but don’t overcook. Prepare an ice bath by filling a bowl with ice cubes and water; set aside. Place steamed buk choi in ice bath, drain well. This is to stop cooking and to enliven the vegetables.
  2. In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, bring ½ cup water to a simmer. Add beans. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook about 6 minutes or until beans are just tender. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together orange juice, tahini, tamari and ginger. Add buk choi, beans, and carrots and toss to coat. Garnish with sesame seeds.

 

Kale and sausage risotto

Kale and sausage risotto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Rice
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 40g butter
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • onion, finely chopped
  • 100g flat pancetta, finely chopped (or any other luncheon meats)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 300g rissotto rice
  • 100ml each dry vermouth and dry white wine
  • 1½ cups chicken stock, warmed
  • 40g parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1-3 kale, stalks discarded, leaves torn
  • Optional - pork sausages, skin removed, coarsely crumbled OR vegetable sausages
Instructions
  1. Heat butter and half the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, pancetta and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender (10-12 minutes). Add rice, stir to coat, cook until just toasted(1 minute). Add vermouth and wine, cook until almost evaporated (5 minutes), add stock a ladle at a time, ensuring stock is absorbed before adding more and stirring occasionally, until all is absorbed and rice is al dente (20-25 minutes). Add parmesan, keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add fennel seeds and sausage, cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and cooked through (2-4 minutes). Remove sausage using a slotted spoon, add kale to pan with 1 tbs water, cook until tender and bright green (2-3 minutes). Divide risotto among plates, top with kale, then scatter sausage of choice over. Serve immediately with grated parmesan.

 

Creamed Brussels sprouts with Sweet Potato Frittata

Creamed Brussels sprouts with Sweet Potato Frittata
 
Author:
Recipe type: Egg
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For Creamed Brussels sprouts
  • 300g Brussels sprouts
  • ½ tbs butter
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • ground nutmeg
  • 100-150 ml cream
  • For Sweet Potato Frittata
  • 3-4 sweet potatoes (400-500g)
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Sea salt & black pepper
  • 6 large eggs
  • Handful of coriander or chives, finely snipped
Instructions
  1. To make Brussel Sprouts
  2. Trim the sprouts, and cook in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain, refresh in cold water, and lay out on a clean dry cloth to drain further.
  3. Melt the butter in a fry pan and fry the sprouts until well-coated. Add the salt, pepper and ground nutmeg, stirring, then pour in the cream and bring to the boil. Allow the cream to bubble away until reduced by half, then turn the heat down to a simmer. Use a potato masher to lightly crush the sprouts, and keep warm until serving. The sprouts will absorb the cream by the time you serve.
  4. To make Frittata
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 220 (210 for fan-forced).
  6. Peel the sweet potato and cut in 1cm cubes. Fry in olive oil in non-stick pan, together with onion, salt & pepper, for 4-6 minutes until just tender but not too soft. Butter a shallow (3-4cm high) oven dish and spread the sweet potato/onion mix.
  7. Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl, add the chives and pour over the sweet potato. Put in the oven for 20 minutes until the edges rise up.
  8. Remove from the oven, run a spatula around the sides and serve immediately with brussel sprouts.

 

Cauliflower pancakes

Cauliflower pancakes
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pancake
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ cauliflower
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs chickpea flour * see note below
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbs chopped coriander
  • 180ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • Olive oil or ghee for cooking
  • Sour cream and chopped chives to serve
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Break cauliflower into very small pieces, toss with olive oil and roast in preheated oven until tender, approx 20 minutes.
  3. Prepare batter by beating together chickpea flour, flour, salt, cumin, coriander, coriander, milk and egg. Add cauliflower to batter and stir to combine. Heat a heavy-based pan over medium heat. Add oil or ghee and spoonfuls of batter. Cook for 2–3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Serve cauliflower pancakes with sour cream and chives. Salad or stir-fry vegetables.
  4. *Chick pea flour is made from chana dal also known as chana, gram, dal, pea and besan flour.  It is popular in Italian cuisine and available from well-stocked Italian shops and goes by the name farina di ceci. Plain flour would work as a substitute, but not have the nutty flavor of chick pea flour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Farm Recipes Week 1721

Farm Recipes Week 1721

Farm recipes Harvest Hub template

Here are recipes that will come to approximately $2.50 per head. Add meat as required. These recipes are based on this week’s Harvest Hub Value Bag, Specials and what is in season.

  1. Beetroot And Orange Soup – Beetroot grown in Horsley Park
  1. Red Cabbage with Mushrooms and Mandarins – Red Cabbage grown in Horsley Park
  1. Leek and Brie Tart –  Leek grown in Peats Ridge
  1. Spicy Mushroom & Kestral Soup – Baby Kestrel Potatoes grown in South Australia
  1. Butternut and Choko Risotto – Butternut Pumpkin grown in Maitland

Beetroot And Orange Soup

 

Beetroot And Orange Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 500g fresh beetroot
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 3 fresh orange, juice and grated rind or 200ml fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
Instructions
  1. Scrub the beetroot and chop off the roots and stalks. Either chop the beetroot finely or grate them. A food processor is a lovely way of doing this, without covering everything in purple splatters! Then put the beetroot in a soup pan with the vegetable stock, orange rind (if using) and bay leaf. Simmer gently for 20 minutes, until the beetroot is soft. Add the spices and orange juice. Remove the bay leaf. Serve it whole or liquidise until smooth.

Red Cabbage with Mushrooms and Mandarins
Red Cabbage with Mushrooms and Mandarins
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups thinly sliced red cabbage (1/2 a medium head)
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 100g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbs. minced parsley
  • 1-2 mandarins, peeled and sectioned
Instructions
  1. Sauté the onions in 2 tbs butter and the olive oil (or bacon fat), lightly seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper, until the onions are golden. Stir in the cabbage and red wine, lightly season again with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and toss to evenly distribute the ingredients. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, until the cabbage is tender.
  2. While the cabbage is cooking, sauté the mushrooms, lightly seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper, in 2 tbs butter in a hot pan. Cook the mushrooms in 2 batches to ensure they brown nicely and retain their liquid (if you put too many mushrooms in the pan at one time, they release their juices and stew rather than brown). When the mushrooms are done, toss them with garlic and parsley.
  3. When the cabbage is done to your liking, stir in the mushrooms and cook for 1 minute. Place mandarin sections on top as this gives it a sweet and sour flavour. Taste and add salt or freshly ground black pepper, as needed. Serve.

Leek and Brie Tart
Leek and Brie Tart
 
Author:
Recipe type: Tart
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 250g shortcrust pastry
  • 2 medium leeks
  • 200g Brie or similar cheese
  • 1 tsp mild mustard, such as Dijon
  • 28g butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • tsp nutmeg (freshly grated, if possible
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml double cream
  • 1 tsp ground salt
  • Savoury Shortcrust pastry
  • • 250g salted butter
  • • 500g plain flour
  • • 20g grated parmesan (optional),
  • • 2 whole eggs
  • • salt
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C.
  2. Trim the tops and roots off the leeks. Cut them in half lengthways and wash under running water, fanning open the layers. Slice the leeks into 1 cm slices and dry well. Heat the butter and oil in a pan and saute the leeks gently for 10 minutes, until soft.
  3. In a bowl mix together the nutmeg, cream, eggs and salt and beat well. Trim the rind off the Brie and slice it thinly.
  4. Roll out the pastry to line a flan dish and trim the edges so they are slightly higher than the edges of the dish (the pastry shrinks slightly on cooking). For a crispy base blind bake – that is cover pastry with baking paper and sprinkle raw rice on top. Pre-bake pastry for 20-25 minutes and take off baking paper with rice on it. Let cool.
  5. Arrange a layer of Brie on the bottom of the pastry. Top with half of the leeks then pour in half of the egg mixture. Mix gently. Top with the rest of the Brie. Then add the rest of the leeks and egg mixture. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the tart has "set" - i.e. the egg mixture is cooked.
  6. Serve warm with cranberry or plum sauce and steamed veggies.

Spicy Mushroom & Kestral Soup
Spicy Mushroom & Kestral Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: Soup
Ingredients
  • 2tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp gara masala
  • 100gms mushrooms, sliced
  • 3-4 kestrel potato, peeled and cut into large cubes
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • A dash of lime juice to taste (optional)
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • Salt for taste
Instructions
  1. In a soup pot heat oil then add onions, cumin powder, coriander powder and gara masala. Cook for a few minutes until the onion have softened and the spices have burst with flavour. Add mushrooms and potato and stir. Add vegetable stock, water and coconut milk and bring to the boil. Now turn down to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are completely cooked through. Add lime juice to taste to bring out flavour to taste.
  2. To finish add soy sauce to taste. To make the soup smooth, cool soup slightly and use a stick blender puree soup.

Butternut and Choko Risotto
Butternut and Choko Risotto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Rice
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic – crushed
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 choko, chopped (remove skin optional) Seeds have nutty flavor can eat these.
  • ½ butternut pumpkin
  • 1 cup risotto rice
  • 3 cups stock
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cut all the vegetables into small pieces about ½ cm. In a large pan, heat the olive oil to medium heat and add the onions, cook for 5 min. and add the garlic. When the onions are soft and almost transparent add the choko and butternut pumpkin, cook for 10 min.
  2. Add the risotto rice and start adding the stock, a little bit at a time. Let the rice absorb the stock before adding some more. Repeat until the rice is soft and has a creamy texture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

 

 

 

 


Tarragon

Tarragon grown in Leppington

Tarragon

Grown in Leppington, NSW

 

Tarragon has a anise flavour – a subtle hint of licorice.

Great in sauces for vinegar, mayonnaise and home-made mustards.

Making tea

Tarragon tea helps with digestion and relaxant. Just pop some leaves into a cup with hot water. Let it infuse and then drink the water.

How to Store

Pop into a glass of water (in winter no cover needed) and when hot days put a plastic/paper bag over the top to keep in humidity.

Freeze the leaves by popping into a freezer bag/container.

Dry leaves – as soon as the leaves are dry, store them in airtight containers.

Recipes for Tarragon:

  1. Tarragon Mushrooms
  2. Tarragon Vinegar
  3. Tarragon Mayonnaise
  4. Tarragon vegetable crumble

 

Tarragon Mushrooms

Tarragon Mushrooms
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 500gms button mushrooms
  • 3 tbs parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbs tarragon, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Ground pepper and salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In saucepan put oil with mushrooms and garlic fry, then add water, parsley, tarragon, garlic and lemon juice. Then add tomato, bay leaf and bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes until water has vaporized. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Serve hot or chilled on crusty bread or a bed of rice with steamed buk choi.

Tarragon Vinegar
Tarragon Vinegar
 
Author:
Recipe type: Salad vinegar
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white wine vinegar
  • 25gms fresh tarragon leaves
  • Sterilized jar with lid (another one one week later)
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan (non aluminium) put white wine vinegar with bruised tarragon leaves (pinch them). On low heat simmer off 5 minutes. Then cool and into a sterilized bottle pour contents. Pop on lid and let stand one week.
  2. After one week open jars and strain out herbs. Have new sterilized bottles. Put vinegar into new bottles with a sprig of the herb and store in fridge. Lasts about 1 to 2 months.
  3. If using metal lids with no paper base in lid then put plastic wrap over jar so metal does not come in contact with vinegar. If it does it can change the colour and affect flavor.

Tarragon Mayonnaise
Tarragon Mayonnaise
 
Author:
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 tbs mayonnaise (without sugar try TomY)
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg yolk boiled, finely grated
  • ½ lemon, juice
  • Rind of lemon
  • 2 tabs tarragon, chopped
  • 2 tbs parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a bowl put mayonnaise and ricotta and beat together then add remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate. Use within the day.
  2. Serve with vegetables or fish.

 

Tarragon vegetable crumble

Tarragon vegetable crumble
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups skim milk
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 lengths spring onions, sliced
  • 3 carrots, julienne (thin sticks)
  • 1 tsp fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 capsicum, sliced
  • 2 potatoes, cooked and diced
  • 2 tbs cornflour
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • Nutmeg
  • 3 tbs parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 1 tbs chopped parsley
  • 2 cups dry pasta
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven 190C.
  2. In a saucepan put milk, garlic, onions and carrots and bring to simmer for 8 minutes. Then add tarragon, zucchini and capsicum. In a small cup put cornflour with some hot water and mix until dissolved. Mix into saucepan until mixture thickens then add potatoes, pasta, cheddar cheese and nutmeg.
  3. Place mixture into a casserole dish. Then sprinkle on top parmesan cheese, pine nuts, parsley. Put into oven for 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown on top. Serve with rice or salad.

 


Farm Recipes Week 1720

Farm Recipes Week 1720

Harvest Hub Farm recipes-template

This week’s $2.50 per serve meals using the basic pantry needs and this week’s Value Bag items.

 

Chicken and tarragon rolls  – Tarragon grown in Dural

Fennel Risotto – Fennel grown in Horsley Park

Lamb Stew with Daikon – Diakon – Korean Radish grown in Horlsey Park

Vegetarian Chili Con Carne – Red chillies grown in Kemps Creek

Thai persimmon and beef (sweet potato) salad with mint and coriander – Persimmon grown in Wingham

 

Chicken and tarragon rolls

Chicken and tarragon rolls
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 4-5
Ingredients
  • chicken breast, cut into 5 strips
  • taste freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ small bunch tarragon
  • 25g Parmigiano Reggiano, grated (Parmesan cheese)
  • 5 bacon slices
  • 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbs fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 leaves lettuce
Instructions
  1. To make Chicken and tarragon:
  2. Place the bacon slices onto a cutting board and top each with a chicken tenderloin. Grate a little parmesan onto the chicken, season with pepper and top with several tarragon leaves.
  3. Roll them up into even cigar shapes. These can be grilled or fried. For grilling: place on alfoil and evenly grill both sides. For frying: Preheat a frypan with some olive oil and then fry. Drain on paper towel.
  4. Cut them into bite size pieces and pierce with a toothpick.
  5. Serve a bed of lettuce scattered with tarragon leaves and surround them with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Fennel Risotto
Fennel Risotto
 
Author:
Recipe type: Rice
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 fennel bulb, shaved
  • 100g mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1.2 litres chicken or vegetable stock
  • 50g butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 300g Arborio rice
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 70g grated parmesan cheese (Harvest Hub)
  • lemon, zested
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Wash then finely slice the fennel. Put aside.
  2. Bring the chicken/vegetable stock to the boil, keep at a slow simmer.
  3. Put the butter in a large heavy saucepan over low heat. Add onion and garlic and sweat until soft. Add the rice and stir to coat in the butter. Add the white wine and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Start adding chicken/vegetable stock, a ladle at a time. Slowly add stock as it is absorbed by the rice. Cook for ten minutes then add the fennel and mushrooms. Keep stirring and add remaining stock until the rice is 'al dente' .
  5. Finally, stir in the grated parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Lamb Stew with Daikon
Lamb Stew with Daikon
 
Author:
Recipe type: Stew
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 kg lamb shank, 1 piece
  • ½ daikon, cut into thick slices
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 3 cm fresh ginger, crushed
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ¼ tsp red peppers, chopped
  • Salt
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • ½ to 1 baby buk choy, chopped
Instructions
  1. Place the lamb in a large casserole pan, clay pot or slow cooker. Add the daikon, onion, ginger, garlic, and peppers. Add enough cold water to cover. Bring to a boil.
  2. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the daikon is soft and translucent, about 1-1/2 hours. Season to taste with salt. Remove the lamb and the daikon from the liquid, reserving the liquid. Remove the lamb meat from the bone. Cut the lamb into cubes. Cut daikon into cubes. Set aside.
  3. To make the sauce:
  4. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the paprika and stir to mix, about 30 seconds. Add the tomato. Add the reserved lamb and daikon, and enough cooking liquid to cover. Bring to a boil and reduce the broth slightly, about 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce the heat and add the buk choy. Cover and steam until the greens are just wilted, about 2 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.

Vegetarian Chili Con Carne
Vegetarian Chili Con Carne
 
Author:
Recipe type: Stew
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tbs of coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 red capsicum, chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp coriander, ground
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp chili, ground
  • 3-4 cooking tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup red kidney beans
  • ½ cup green lentils
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 2 tbs of tomato paste
Instructions
  1. To prepare the lentils:
  2. In a saucepan place 2 cups water and add lentils. Bring to boil for 20 minutes until they are soft then drain.
  3. In a frypan place oil and sauté the onion until they are soft, approx. 5 minutes. Then add the capsicum and garlic. Fry for an additional 5 minutes. Add remaining spices and stir in.
  4. To this add the tomatoes, tomato paste, red kidney beans, stock and green lentils. Simmer for approximately half an hour and serve on a bed of rice or couscous.

 

Thai persimmon and beef (sweet potato) salad with mint and coriander

Thai persimmon and beef (sweet potato) salad with mint and coriander
 
Author:
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 250g fillet steak (substitute sweet potato)
  • ½ tbs olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 persimmons
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • ⅓ cup mint leaves
  • ⅓ bunch coriander
  • For the dressing:
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 x 3cm piece of ginger
  • 1 tsp palm sugar (substitute brown sugar)
  • 1 tbs fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat a frypan while trimming the steak of any fat. Add the oil and cook the steak over a high heat for 3 minutes on each side, season and set aside. If using sweet potato do same – slice and fry until slightly soft but add some soy.
  2. To make the dressing:
  3. Peel and crush the garlic, peel and grate the ginger then combine with the sugar, lime juice and fish sauce. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Peel and slice the persimmons. Slice the steak (or sweet potato) and arrange on the persimmons, on serving plates with thin slices of onion, mint leaves and roughly chopped coriander. Generously drizzle over the dressing and serve.

 


Farm recipes Week 1719

Harvest Hub Farm recipes-template

Farm recipes Week 1719

  1. Lentils with Brussel Sprouts – grown in Bathurst
  2. Spaghetti with yellow capsicum – grown in Clybucca
  3. Roast pumpkin & ricotta lasagna with walnut & sage butter sauce – Pumpkin grown in Maitland
  4. Individual Silverbeet Frittatas – Silverbeet grown in Horsley park
  5. Cheese roulade with sweet potato and carrot – Sweet potato grown in Bundaberg & carrots in Robinvale.

Lentils with Brussel Sprouts – grown in Bathurst

Lentils with Brussel Sprouts
 
Grown in Bathurst
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 150 gm red or green lentils
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 kg Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1½ cups coriander
  • Balsamic dressing
  • 200 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 100 ml balsamic
  • ¼ tsp honey
  • 2 tbs hot English mustard
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan place lentils with cold water and bring to the boil. Cook 20 minutes, drain and set aside.
  2. For Balsamic dressing: In a bowl combine ingredients, season to taste, set aside.
  3. Then in a large deep fryer or saucepan put oil and deep-fry Brussels sprouts in batches, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes, take out and drain on paper towel.
  4. In a bowl place sprouts with lentils and dressing. Garnish with coriander.

 

Spaghetti with yellow capsicum – grown in Clybucca

Spaghetti with yellow capsicum
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 tbs of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • a few capers
  • 3 anchovy fillets (see notes replace fish sauce)
  • 1 red or green capsicum
  • 1 yellow capsicum
  • 6-8 green olives
  • 1 large ripe tomato,
  • ½ a cup of fresh basil leaves
  • Rocket leaves to garnish
  • salt
  • 250g of good quality spaghetti,
  • freshly cracked pepper and grated parmesan, to serve
Instructions
  1. Heat 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a saucepan and lightly fry a diced onion, a minced clove of garlic, a few capers and 3 anchovy fillets for 3-4 minutes until the anchovies have dissolved. The anchovy are for flavour if you wish to replace use some fish sauce to taste. Start slowly with 1 tbs and then add.
  2. Wash and core one red and one yellow capsicum. Cut each into strips 1cm wide, top to bottom, then cut these in half. Add to the saucepan with 6-8 green olives, pitted and chopped. Turn up the heat and fry for 5 minutes, stirring constantly until the capsicum has softened.
  3. Add a chopped, large ripe tomato, half a cup of fresh basil leaves and a good couple of pinches of salt and simmer for 10 minutes. Once cooked it will keep in the fridge for three or four days.
  4. To serve:
  5. Cook 250g of good quality spaghetti, toss the re-heated sauce through the pasta and serve with freshly cracked pepper and plenty of grated parmesan. Garnish with rocket.

 

Roast pumpkin & ricotta lasagna with walnut & sage butter sauce – Pumpkin grown in Maitland

Roast pumpkin & ricotta lasagna with walnut & sage butter sauce
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 kg Jap pumpkin, peeled & cut into pieces (soften in microwave for 5 mins high, let cool then peel)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 250g ricotta
  • 50gm gorgonzola cheese Subsitutes: Stilton, any blue veined cheese, goat cheese
  • 1 cup of grana padano (an Italian cheese) Subsitute: parmesan or romano
  • 125gm natural yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • Olive oil
  • Dried chilli flakes
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • A bunch of fresh sage leaves (replace basil
  • Fresh lasagna sheets
  • 140 g butter
  • 125 g chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Place the chopped pumpkin and whole cloves of garlic in a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with dried chilli flakes and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper and nutmeg. Roast for 30 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. Puree pumpkin and garlic in the food processor with half of the chopped sage and then set aside. Clean food processor and then blend the ricotta, yogurt, gorgonzola, grana padano and eggs. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
  4. Walnut & sage butter sauce. Over a medium heat gently heat the butter, chopped walnuts and fresh sage leaves until the butter starts to foam. Drizzle a little of the walnut and sage butter sauce over individual serves of lasagna. Add extra grana padano if desired and serve immediately.
  5. Lightly oil a lasagna tray and then lay a layer of fresh lasagna sheets over the base and spread with half the pumpkin. Add another layer of lasagne sheets and spread with half the ricotta mix. Repeat process and sprinkle the final layer of ricotta mix with extra grana padano. Cover lasagne with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Then uncover and bake for a further 10 minutes until golden.

 

Individual Silverbeet Frittatas – Silverbeet grown in Horsley park

Individual Silverbeet Frittatas
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch silverbeet – approx. 3 to 4 leaves
  • 300g sweet potato , peeled and chopped
  • 400g reduced fat fresh ricotta
  • 100g reduced fat feta
  • 5 eggs
  • ⅓ cup chopped low fat semi dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbs chopped dill Substitute: Tarragon
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line 6 large muffin cups with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Steam sweet potato until cooked, not too soft. Pull the green leafy part from the silverbeet stems. Wash and shake dry, then microwave or saute until wilted. Cool, squeeze out the water, and chop.
  3. Mix the ricotta, feta and eggs with electric beaters. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Divide between the muffin tins, and bake for 30 minutes. Serve at room temperature with salad or baked vegetables. Great picnic food too.

 

Cheese roulade with sweet potato and carrot – Sweet potato grown in Bundaberg & carrots in Robinvale.

Cheese roulade with sweet potato and carrot
 
Author:
Recipe type: Roulade
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 25g butter
  • ¼ cup cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • For the Roulade Coating:
  • 1 tbs oil
  • 25g butter
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbs parsley or herb of choice finely chopped
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs made from stale bread
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the Roulade:
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ to ½ cup of grated tasty cheese
  • 1 tbs Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • ¼ tsp salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 190°C.
  2. Chop peeled vegetables and steam until tender then puree. Mix in butter and cream. Season with salt/pepper and nutmeg.
  3. To make the Coating:
  4. Cook onion and butter in a fypan until soft. Remove from pan to a bowl and mix with herbs, crumbs and season with salt/pepper. Let cool.Line the base of a Swiss roll tin with non-stick paper and scatter the onion and crumb coating mix over it.
  5. To make the Roulade:
  6. Melt butter, add flour and fry in a pan for a minute. Add milk and stir until it comes to the boil. Remove and let it cool. Add cheeses and egg yolk season well.Beat egg whites until stiff. Hint: leave eggs out of fridge to warm up before whipping.
  7. Fold through, then spread evenly over the coating onion and crumb base – it is a thin layer.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes. When cool place a presentation plate over it and turn upside down so the roulade drops onto the plate. Peel off base paper. Spread the creamed filling on top. Roll roulade from the long edge. Serve cold or warm with salad.

 


Farm recipes Week 1718

Farm recipes Week 1718

Italian Cabbage Sausage blog

These recipes are Budget meals at $2.50 per serve using this week’s Harvest Hub Value Bag Week 1718 

Farm Recipes……

Italian Cabbage Sausage

Stir-fried Noodle and Choi Sum with optional fish/meat of choice

Kale Tart

Spicy Warm Potato Salad

Vegetable Frittata

 

Italian Cabbage Sausage

Italian Cabbage Sausage
 
This uses wheat gluten or known as gluten flour (mostly protein) which should only be used as an additive and where the starch and bran have been removed. Bread flour, on the other hand is high in gluten.
Author:
Recipe type: Meal
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups wheat gluten (super-powered flour that is all gluten and very little starch.)
  • Substitute for wheat gluten (Bread flour or Try ‘No egg’ as a binder which has potato and tapioca flour)
  • ½ cup yeast flakes
  • ¼ cup chickpea flour
  • 2 tbs Veggie Seasoning
  • ¼ cabbage, shredded finely
  • 2 tbs onion, chopped
  • 1 to 2 tbs fennel seed, ground
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns, freshly ground
  • 2 tsp paprika, ground
  • 1 tsp chili flakes,
  • ½ tsp oregano, fresh or dried
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp allspice, ground
  • 2 cups water (add more if too dry)
  • ¼ vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients.
  2. Then in another bowl whisk together the water, vinegar, garlic, olive oil and soy sauce and using a fork, gently stir into the other bowl with the dry ingredients.
  3. Shape ½ cup of this dough into a log and place on piece of aluminum foil and roll up, twisting ends. Place in the fridge overnight or for 30 minutes minimum.
  4. After 30 minutes boil a saucepan of water and place a bamboo steamer on it. Put the sausages over the steamer for 30 minutes. Take the sausages out and cool. Remove from foil, slice and serve with mash potato and vegetables.

Stir-fried Noodle and Choi Sum with optional fish/meat of choice
Stir-fried Noodle and Choi Sum
 
Optional: • A meat/fish of choice. Try ⅔ pork chops, thinly sliced Condiment: • ½ cup rice vinegar • ½ tsp sugar • Either green capsicum, finely sliced or 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced Place rice vinegar, sugar and capsicum/jalapeno pepper in a small bowl, stir.
Author:
Recipe type: Stir Fry
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ package rice noodles or Hokkein Noodles (Harvest Hub)
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbs light soy sauce
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 cups Choi Sum
  • A dash dark soy sauce, optional
  • 4 stalks of shallots, sliced diagonally, about ½ cup
  • 4 lime wedges, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Soak noodles in hot water until softened, about 5 minutes; drain and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a wok. Beat two eggs in a bowl and then pour them into the wok. Tilt the wok so the egg will spread to make a thin omelette. Cook for one minute and flip once. Place on the cutting board and shred; set aside.
  3. Heat wok on high heat and add 2 tablespoons canola oil and garlic. When garlic is yellow, stir in pork, light soy sauce, and fish sauce and cook until the pork is cooked. Stir in Choi Sum, cook for 30 seconds, and then stir in noodles. When the noodles are cooked, stir in green onion and shredded omelette; remove and serve with lime wedges and condiment below.

Kale Tart
Kale Tart
 
Author:
Recipe type: Pie
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 40g butter
  • 40g olive oil
  • 2 onions shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3-4 kale, any tough stems removed
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • 30g currants
  • 50g toasted pine nuts
  • ½ tsp lemon zest, finely chopped
  • 125g light sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • To make Flaky Pastry - Sour cream flaky pastry
  • 125 g plain flour
  • 100 g unsalted & chilled butter
  • 60 ml sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C fan forced.
  2. See pastry recipe below.
  3. Line a tart tin with pastry, prick base and chill for 10 minutes. Line the pastry with baking paper, cover with dried beans and blind bake for 15 minutes. Remove beans and paper and cook for a further 10 minutes, allow to cool. Reduce the oven to 160C fan forced.
  4. Meanwhile heat olive oil and butter in a large frying pan, cook shallots and garlic until soft, then set aside. In the same pan cook the kale until wilted, then deglaze with verjuice.
  5. In a food processor combine cooked shallots and half the cooked kale to a puree.
  6. In a large bowl combine kale puree with remaining cooked kale, currants, pine nuts and lemon, stirring until well combined. In a small jug whisk together the cream, eggs, salt and pepper. Add to the kale mixture, stirring to combine.
  7. Carefully pour the kale mixture into the prepared pastry case and bake in prepared oven for 35-40 minutes. Serve.
  8. Flaky pastry
  9. Chop all the butter into small cubes. Weigh flour and put into mixer. Blend flour and butter until it resembles a large breadcrumb consistency. Add sour cream gradually.
  10. Turn onto a floured bench and pull together with your hands into a rectangle shape. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 20 minutes before rolling out and lining your tin.
  11. Blind bake at 200C for 12 minutes (put baking paper on top cover with rice). Remove the paper and weights and bake for a further 5 minutes.
  12. NOTE: Check consistency before adding all of the sour cream and do not add all if it is not needed.

Spicy Warm Potato Salad
Spicy Warm Potato Salad
 
Author:
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into slices about 1cm thick
  • 3 tbs olive oil, quite green and rough
  • 1 tbs basil, chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • pinch of paprika
  • 1⁄2 tsp cumin seeds
  • For serving:
  • olive oil for frying
  • 2 or more flour tortillas
  • feta cheese
  • harissa (hot chilli sauce)
Instructions
  1. Boil the potatoes in plenty of salted water until they are very soft: almost, but not quite, to breaking point. Drain well. Put them in a bowl and pour over the olive oil, add the basil and season with salt and pepper. Mix very gently.
  2. Lay the potato slices flat on a plate and pour the olive dressing they were just mixed in on top. Sprinkle with paprika. Toast the cumin seeds for a few seconds in a dry frying pan and let them be your finishing touch.
  3. To serve,
  4. Make a quick imitation of a real Arabic bread – melawah – so heat a little olive oil in a frying pan and fry the tortillas for about 30 seconds on either side. Serve with the feta cheese and harissa.

Vegetable Frittata
Vegetable Frittata
 
Author:
Recipe type: Tart
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 400g Brushed potatoes, peeled and diced 2cm squares
  • 1 -2 onions, sliced
  • oil, for brushing
  • 1 broccoli, cut into slices
  • 1 zucchini, cut into thin rounds
  • 6 eggs
  • freshly-ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried Italian herbs (basil, oregano or marjoram)
  • 2 tbs grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 180C.
  2. Brush a 20cm pie plate or tin with a little oil to prevent sticking.
  3. Place potatoes and onion in a layer over the base. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until just soft or for a quicker result stir-fry 2-3 minutes in a frypan. Arrange broccoli and zucchini over potato. Beat eggs lightly and pour over vegetables. Season with pepper and herbs, sprinkle cheese over.
  4. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until just set. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before cutting into quarters. Serve with a green salad.

 


Swede or Rutabaga

Swede or Rutabaga

Swede post

Ah the Swedish turnip whilst they have edible leaves the Bathurst ones will just be the bulb. They have a nutty flavour packed with potassium, niacin, calcium and fibre.

Store in a cool, dark, dry spot up to 3 weeks.

Herbs that compliment a swede are parsley, thyme, mint and because they have a nutty taste great with mushrooms.

There are many  ways to cook these – great as fritters, puddings, pancakes, casseroles and in soups.

Vegetable Rosti

Swede Saute

Mashed Swede

Swede Potato crisps

 

Vegetable Rosti
 
Author:
Recipe type: Fritter
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 450g potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 2 medium carrots, halved lengthways
  • 250g swede cut into chunks
  • 250g zucchini, grated
  • 4 shallots
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • Flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Par boil the potatoes with the carrot, swede for 10 minutes, then drain them and leave to cool.
  2. Coarsely grate the par-cooked vegetables into a large bowl and stir in the grated zucchini, shallots, flour, egg and seasoning.
  3. Shape in hand a patty then squeeze out the water, then reshape. Lightly oil a frying pan and cook the rosti mixture in small flat fritters or rostis, flatten with egg flip, and cook until crisp and golden on both sides.

Swede Saute

Swede Saute
 
Author:
Recipe type: Saute
Ingredients
  • 2 cups swede, peeled & shredded
  • 2 tbs water
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 3 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs parsley, chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a fry pan put oil add swede and ingredients. Saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Optional to add cream.

Mashed Swede

Mashed Swede
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 - 3 swede, peeled & chopped
  • 40gm butter, melted
  • 60ml cream
  • 1 red capsicum, chopped
  • 1 chilli, chopped
  • 1 tbls parsley, chopped,
  • ½ lime, juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan steam swede for 10-15 minutes until soft.
  2. In a bowl put the swede with butter & cream and mash adding rest of ingredients one by one. Then taste and add salt & pepper to taste. Serve and squeeze half a lime on top.

Swede potato crips

Swede and potato crisps
 
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 swede
  • 1 potato
  • 1 tbs plain flour
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 12 tsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped/mashed
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Dip slices into:
  • 50gms breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
Instructions
  1. Put on pan of water and bring to boil. Peel swede and potato. Cut into half then into a boiling pan of water tenderize at the boil for 4 minutes. Drain. Then place on paper towels to dry and cool.
  2. In a bowl mix breadcrumbs with remaining ingredients.
  3. In a bowl put egg and whip with a fork. On a saucer put breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat oil in fry pan. Enough to deep fry so plenty in. Meanwhile, dip slices of swede and potato into egg then into breadcrumbs. Pop into fry pan with tongs. Lift out with tongs and put onto paper towel to drain oil.
  5. Serve with dips like a chutney, hommus or Greek yoghurt .

 


Farm Recipes Week 1717

Farm Recipes Week 1717

Meals at $2.50 a serve.

If you wish to add meat to these recipes simply give them a quick grill or fry, chop up and put into the recipe at the end of cooking.

Red lentil and carrot stew

Baked Veg with tomato sauce & pumpkin seeds

Mushroom Salad

Chickpea curry

Quinoa with corn, capsicum, baby spinach and toasted chopped nuts

Red lentil and carrot stew

 

Red lentil and carrot stew
 
Author:
Recipe type: Stew
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 tbs oil
  • ⅓ red onion
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 4 diced carrots
  • 250gm red lentils, washed carefully and picked over for impurities
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 400 ml water, or stock. A stock cube will do if you’ve no homemade stock.
  • 4 tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbs dried basil
  • 100 ml milk (of your choice)
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes (to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Fry the onion and garlic until the onion has a translucent quality. Add carrots and stir as they cook. After 5 mins on a medium heat add all the other ingredients with the exception of the milk.
  2. Check frequently to make sure you don’t have to add water. At 350 ml you have a stew. If you add 600 ml of water you have a soup.
  3. Once the lentils are thoroughly mushy and cooked, add the milk to the soup. If you plan on keeping your leftovers for a few days, don’t add the milk until you heat your leftovers up. You can add warm milk to the cooked lentils and carrots.

Making your own tomato sauce

Cooking tomatoes are fully ripened on the vine so they develop maximum flavour, but they are soft – fine for cooking, but don’t try to cut one for your sandwich – it’ll be messy… If for some reason they are not ripe then pop them near apples or pears and within a couple of days they will be ready.

Start with 2 kg of roughly chopped cooking tomatoes. 

You’ll need a big saucepan with a heavy base:

Basically give them a good rinse, add a little water and 1 teaspoon of salt to your saucepan, add the roughly chopped tomatoes and bring to the boil.  Stir regularly.  If you like to make a thick sauce, leave the lid off so the liquid evaporates – but otherwise put the lid on.

Cook for an hour or so, then let it cool down for about 15 minutes before transferring to a food processor. 

Process in small batches, and then push the pulp through a coarse sieve or colander to catch any seeds.

You’re now ready to make tomato or minestrone soup, or your own version of Spaghetti Bolognese or add to recipes. You can freeze it in zip lock bags, in icecube trays or in takeaway containers.

Baked Veg with tomato sauce & pumpkin seeds

 

Baked Veg with tomato sauce & pumpkin seeds
 
Brown rice takes 45mins to steam and another 10 to rest. Put it on before you start cooking.
Author:
Recipe type: Baked Vegetables
Serves: 2 large serves or 4 small ones
Ingredients
  • 300g homemade tomato sauce
  • 200gms mushrooms,
  • 2 red capsicum
  • 5 small potatoes or 2 large
  • I sweet potato, peeled
  • 3 thinly sliced cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Fresh ground black pepper and a pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. You’ll also need a large frying pan and a medium baking dish
  2. Preheat oven to 180 C.
  3. Wash & finely slice the sweet potato and the other potatoes first and then the mushrooms. Slice the capsicum into long thin strips discarding the seeds and core.
  4. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil and fry your garlic first, then add the potatoes. Layer into your baking dish. In the rest of the oil fry the mushrooms until well browned and layer over the potatoes adding your pinch of salt and the pepper. Throw the peppers into your pan and then put them in as your top layer.
  5. Stir the oregano into the tomato sauce. The sauce goes over the top and it’s baked for 20 mins.
  6. This is good hot or cold.
  7. If you want to melt some cheese on top you can. 15 minutes into the baking time wearing oven gloves and making sure you’ve a clear heat resistant surface to place it on take the dish out and sprinkle 50-100 grams of grated cheese on top. Place it on the top shelf of your oven, use your griller and watch to see it doesn’t burn in the next five minutes.
  8. You could also sprinkle it with pumpkin seeds before serving. Pumpkin seeds will give you extra minerals and Vitamin E.
  9. Eat over brown rice (or quinoa, or pasta or cous cous). Leftovers are terrific on toast.

Mushroom Salad
Mushroom Salad
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal Salad
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 200gms mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • Dressing:
  • 100 ml of olive oil
  • 50ml of vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Pepper, freshly ground
  • Salt to taste
  • coriander &/or parsley leaves, finely chopped.
Instructions
  1. This is good over brown rice, hot pasta, or on toast. It’s also good on its own or with some fresh baby spinach.
  2. Soak the chickpeas 6-8 hours before you use them. Soak all the chickpeas as we’ll use them in a number of recipes including a curry, some flat bread and in hummus. If it’s a hot day soak them in a big bowl in the fridge. Once you’ve soaked them rinse them and place them in a saucepan with sufficient cold water to cook. Cook for 45mins until firm but edible. Cook for longer if you like them softer.

Chickpea curry

Chickpea curry
 
Author:
Recipe type: Meal curry
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1-2 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • 2 sticks of the celery
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 carrots, sliced on an angle (they’re sweeter this way)
  • 5 tomatoes, all but 2 chopped, - you can keep the skins on if you don’t mind a little skin in your curry.
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 tbs ginger, grated
  • 1 lime, zest & juice
  • 1 green chilli, finely sliced – deseed for a less hot curry
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 50 ml water if it looks as if your vegetables are sticking
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander, finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fry the sliced shallots together with the garlic and spices over a medium heat, add the ginger and chilli and coriander.
  2. Then add the finely sliced celery, carrots, diced potato, and eggplant stirring frequently
  3. Throw in the capsicum and tomato.
  4. Add the water so the vegetables don’t catch. Note that the vegetables will express their own delicious liquid. Lower the heat. Put the lid on – remove it to stir every few minutes.
  5. Toss in a cup of the cooked chickpeas. When you are ready to dish up taste and adjust seasonings as necessary and then garnish with coriander leaves.
  6. This is yum on rice, noodles, pasta, cous cous or toast.

Quinoa with corn, capsicum, baby spinach and toasted chopped nuts
Quinoa with corn, capsicum, baby spinach and toasted chopped nuts
 
This is a sweet dish and the lime juice is a necessary addition to counter the sweetness of fresh corn, capsicum and dried fruit.
Author:
Recipe type: 400g quinoa 1 clove of garlic, crushed 10-15 cherry tomatoes, cut in half 100g baby spinach 2 corn cobs of corn 1 line, juice & zest (Tip: rinse the lime under hot water for 30 seconds to extract even more juice. You could also microwave it for 10-15 seconds or hand roll the lime on the counter) 1 red capsicum, chopped into small pieces. ½ bunch parsley, finely chopped 40-50 grams of nuts (pistachios, pinenuts, cashew or plain fresh peanuts)
Cuisine: Meal
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 400gm quinoa
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 10-15 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 100gm baby spinach
  • 2 corn cobs of corn
  • 1 line, juice & zest
  • (Tip: rinse the lime under hot water for 30 seconds to extract even more juice. You could also microwave it for 10-15 seconds or hand roll the lime on the counter)
  • 1 red capsicum, chopped into small pieces.
  • ½ bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 40-50gm of nuts (pistachios, pinenuts, cashew or plain fresh peanuts)
  • 2 tbs olive oil
Instructions
  1. If your using the quinoa remember to rinse it well in water or it will taste bitter. Use a fine sieve or your quinoa will wash down the drain. If you don’t have a fine sieve stretch clean pantyhose, or a clean open weave kitchen cloth like a Chux over a coarse sieve.
  2. To cook the quinoa
  3. Place the rinsed and drained quinoa into a small saucepan with a liter of cold water and boil.
  4. Turn to a simmer (small bubbles rather than big roiling bubbles) for 10 minutes.
  5. Drain and allow to cool.
  6. No quinoa? You can use any grain or pasta with this dish. Penne is good. To cook the pasta always fill the largest saucepan you have three quarters full with water, pop a lid on the pan and bring to the boil, and follow the directions on the packet. If you’ve only a smallish saucepan, don’t crowd the pan with pasta – cook a smaller amount. Set the timer on your phone or oven so that you don’t end up with soggy pasta.
  7. Place into a large bowl with the cooked corn (steamed over the boiling pasta water in a saucepan sieve until bright yellow). Run a knife down your corn cob to remove the kernels. Do this in your largest bowl or saucepan so you don’t lose any.
  8. Add the cherry tomatoes, the baby spinach, the chopped capsicum, 40-50 grams of the nuts (pistachios, pinenuts, cashew or plain fresh peanuts) and ½ bunch of finely chopped Continental parsley.
  9. To toast the nuts
  10. Put nuts in a large fry pan and heat. Shake the pan or use a wooden spoon to stir them around. Watch them carefully. When they begin to brown take them off the heat. When cool enough to handle you can put them on a large chopping board and chop them with a large knife or food process them for no more than a second at a time until they are a rough chopped consistency. Toasting will freshen the nuts: if they’re already fresh there’s no need to.
  11. In a bowl whisk the olive oil, lime juice, pepper together and throw over the pasta and veg mix or the pasta and quinoa mix. Add salt to taste.